The new London Marriott Hotel at the Twickenham rugby ground is one of the most exciting hotel and conference venues in and around London. The hotel, which was due open in mid-2008 and had a revised date of November, finally opened in April 2009.
The London Marriott enhances this important sporting venue and allows the England rugby headquarters to be associated with more than just the great game.
Convenient London location
The hotel sits within the redeveloped South Stand of Twickenham Rugby Stadium and offers a contemporary setting and modern design, as well as the well-known Marriott styling.
The London Marriott Hotel is conveniently situated in a quiet suburban setting, six miles from Heathrow airport and only a 20-minutes journey from the centre of London.
London Marriott accommodation
The three-floor hotel offers 156 guest rooms, including 27 premium bedrooms and six VIP suites, overlooking the pitch.
The contemporary design for the suites includes subtle details in carpets, and artwork paying tribute to the hotel’s rugby heritage.
The hotel incorporates Marriott’s Revive bedding, LCD flat-screen TV (cable / satellite), Wi-Fi, high-speed internet, mini bar, flexible work desks, business centre, express check in / out and a comfortable contemporary design.
Some 76 of the guest rooms feature two queen-size double beds while 24 rooms have bathrooms with shower-only cubicles in line with customer preference.
Meeting and gym facilities
The hotel features excellent conferencing facilities including 11,032ft² of meeting space, comprising a 7,400ft² conference room that is divisible into three sections and two 1,816ft² meeting rooms. There is meeting space for 9,000 people and parking for 2,000 cars on-site.
There is a Virgin Active Health Club adjacent to the hotel for swimming or working out. This will include 44,000ft² of space and a 20m pool, climbing wall and state-of-the-art spa, with complimentary membership for hotel guests.
As well as a gym consisting of the latest exercise equipment, the club also features a cafe bar area equipped with a free Wi-Fi area. Club V is an additional club for children up to 15 years, featuring educational play as well as entertainment facilities.
The hotel site will be integrated with the Twickenham stadium and will share some of the stadium’s restaurant facilities, as well as its own fine bar and restaurant. The Side Step Bar serves drinks as well as lunch and dinner and the Twenty Two South Chophouse restaurant serves international cuisine.
The hotel alos has a lobby bar and a ‘grab and go’ coffee lounge for guests on the move. There is a private dining space for up to 26 guests, although the stadium can accommodate up to 800 diners for functions. Parking at the hotel is complimentary.
London Marriott Twickenham contractors
The new London Marriott hotel interior was designed by the designers Richmond International of London. The project to redevelop the south stand at Twickenham began in July 2005 and was undertaken at an estimated project cost of £95m.
The old stand was demolished by explosion and construction was given a scheduled finish date to be ready for the 2007 autumn international matches.
The project manager was Capita Symonds, the designers were led by Ward McHugh Associates, Arup and Gillespies. The quantity surveyor was Stace and the main construction contractor was Mowlem.
Twickenham South Stand highlights
The London Marriott Hotel Twickenham project represented the final phase in the redevelopment of Twickenham’s South Stand.
The project has increased the stand’s capacity from 75,000 to 82,000 and includes the hotel and Virgin Active Gym,as well as 5,000m² of integrated conference and exhibition space over three floors.
The highlight of this area is a tiered auditorium for performing arts with seating capacity of 400 called the Live Room. The space will include the Rose Suite for up to 800 and will double the conference and banqueting capacity of the Twickenham ground.
Twickenham Experience is the official provider of meetings and events and will cater for every type of meeting from small board meetings to major exhibitions. All the new developments will be detailed and marketed on the website twickenhamexperience.com.